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A Night of Flames
01 Sep 2022 * PAPERBACK * £9.99 * 9781801102292

The second book of Matthew Harffy's A Time for Swords series, featuring novice monk turned warrior, Hunlaf, in a new historical adventure set in Dark Ages Britain and Norway.

Fiction / FV (Historical Fiction)
Extent: 544 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm Illus: 1 map
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A Time for Swords
Also in A Time for Swords series
A Night of FlamesA Time for Swords, 2by Matthew Harffy

In the wild lands of Norway, Hunlaf must quell a violent revolt in Matthew Harffy's new historical adventure.

Northumbria, AD 794. Those who rule the seas, rule the land. None know the truth of this more than the Vikings. To compete with the seafaring raiders, the king of Northumbria orders the construction of his own longships under the command of oath-sworn Norseman, Runolf.

When the Vikings attack again, the king sends cleric turned warrior, Hunlaf, on a mission to persuade the king of Rogaland into an alliance. But Hunlaf and Runolf have other plans; kin to seek out, old scores to settle, and a heretical tome to find in the wild lands of the Norse.

Their voyage takes them into the centre of a violent uprising. A slave has broken free of his captors and, with religious fervour, is leading his fanatical followers on a rampage – burning all in his path. Hunlaf must brave the Norse wilderness, and overcome deadly foes, to stop this madman. Can he prevent a night of flames and slaughter?

Reviews for Matthew Harffy:

'Harffy is a master of the Dark Age thriller' Theodore Brun
'Absolutely gripping storytelling' Angus Donald
'Nothing less than superb' Historical Novel Society
'Harffy's writing just gets better and better' Jemahl Evans

Matthew Harffy grew up in Northumberland where the rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him. He now lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters. Follow Matthew at @MatthewHarffy and

The heir to Bernard Cornwell, and Matthew Harffy's answer to Heart of Darkness.

The author is active on social media and well-connected in the historical fiction community.

First title in the A Time For Swords series has nearly 2000 reviews on Amazon UK and over 1500 reviews on Amazon US.

MARKET: Bernard Cornwell; Conn Iggulden; David Gemmell.

'A brilliant read from an author at the top of his game. Highly recommended' Historical Novel Review

'A master of the Dark Age thriller' Theodore Brun.
'A Time for Swords is a bold opening to yet another enthralling series. It promises to be one heck of a ride' Theodore Brun.
'A breathtaking novel that sweeps the reader into a dark and dangerous world' Paul Fraser Collard (on A Time for Swords).
'Matthew Harffy's tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb... The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page' Historical Novel Society (on the Bernicia Chronicles).
'The gripping novel evokes the turbulence and violence of the first onslaught of the Vikings. I couldn't put it down!'
Christian Cameron (on A Time for Swords)

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